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WRAL SmartShopper

Ibotta now works at BJ's Wholesale Club!

Posted August 5, 2014


Great news if you shop at BJ's Wholesale Club! Ibotta cash back offers are now available to redeem at BJ's stores!

Earn even more when you sign up for either a BJ's Inner Circle® Membership (earn $10) or BJ's® Rewards Membership (earn $20). Visit the Member Services Desk to activate your membership and redeem your rebate.

New to Ibotta? Here's how it works:

Here are the details from the app download page. The first step is to download the Ibotta app from their website.

1. Before shopping, choose your offers and do the required activities to load each offer. The more you choose, the more cash back you'll earn.

2. Go Shopping. Buy the eligible products at participating Ibotta stores. You can see a list of stores on their website and on the Ibotta app.

3. Scan the bar code fo the product and take a photo of your receipt and they will verify your purchases and credit your account right away.

4. Cash out: Once you reach $5 in earnings, you can cash out for one of the available gift cards or have the money transferred into your PayPal or Venmo account.

Participating stores: Ibotta works at many retailers including these stores in our area: Harris Teeter, Target, Walmart, Kroger, Lowes Foods, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, BJ's, Sam's Club, Costco, Dollar General, Family Dollar, JustSave Foods and a number of retail stores and entertainment venues. You can see the list of stores on their website.

You can increase the amount of your offer by doing different (easy) activities like taking a poll, liking the company on Facebook or reading a recipe.

Like discounts, the money does not come off at the register. The cash back earnings are put into your Ibotta account until you reach $5 in earnings. Once you reach $5 in earnings, you can cash out for one of the available gift cards or have the money transferred into your PayPal or Venmo account.

Big benefit: You can use the ibotta savings in conjunction with manufacturers coupons and cash back offers (and other cash back sites like Checkout51) so you can stack a number of different savings avenues.

This app does require a little extra work as far as taking pictures of the receipts and scanning the bar code, but that doesn't take long at all.

You can find many more details about the program on their website in the Help Center on their website.


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Aug 5, 2014

    erika483 - thank you for the heads up, Erika! I don't shop at BJ's so I have not had this issue. I hope that is not a regular thing at BJ's with the barcodes on the products in store not matching the allowed barcodes.

  • erika483 Aug 5, 2014

    I would recommend that if you are only buying something at BJs because of the Ibotta offer that you double check the barcode in the store if you can. I bought Wet Ones there last week and even though it was listed in the BJs offers, none of the barcodes were valid. After talking to ibotta help, I was basically told, some of the offers are regional and that I was not eligible to get the $1 back.